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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Religious United Nations?, Feb 19, 2006

Tel Aviv, Israel -- Israel's Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yonah Metzger, meeting with the Dalai Lama, a Buddhist monk who is the leader of Tibet, suggested that representatives of the world's religions establish a United Nations in Jerusalem, representing religions instead of nations, like the UN currently based in New York.

"Instead of planning for nuclear war and buying tanks and fighter jets, it will invest in peace," Metzger said. He later reported that the Tibetan leader was very excited about the idea and offered to help advance it.

Also at the meeting was Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee (who is on good terms with the Roman Catholic Church), Rabbi Menachem Froman of Tekoa, kadis (Ethiopian rabbis) and various Islamic sheikhs.

James's comment: What a wonderful idea in a world that currently reflects so much religious and political tension, ignorance and anger. This would be a great organization to help promote more peace and understanding between the followers of the many paths. And goodness knows that we need more peace and understanding. We truly do have more in common then not.

-Peace to all beings-

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Dharmasattva said...

Wow that's a great idea! Perhaps such a consortium of world faiths would finally be able to focus the attention of the world on what truths we all hold sacred so we can recognize one another as beings and invest compassionately in one another's welfare. Perhaps then we can find real solutions to the AIDS, hunger, illiteracy, third world debt, etc. etc. etc.

Lans said...

Why didn't someone think of this along time ago? It might have saved us from a bunch of problems. I really hope they are serious. It makes so much sense.

"James" said...


I agree that such an organization would do a lot in promoting peace and compassion in another's welfare. It doesn't hurt to try such an org.


So true. I hope they are serious too. I think it would fill a perfect and very helpful role in today's tense, sectarian divided world. It does make so much sense and I hope that it really happens.

I will be following this story closely and keep things update on here. Hopefully we will be able to donate to such a cause.

gratefulbear said...

What an amazing photograph! I've posted the news story and pic on my Blog of the Grateful Bear. I'm truly grateful that you posted this on your blog -- I didn't hear about this meeting on the news.

"James" said...

Grateful Bear:

Yeah that is one of my favorite photos. I was excited too to hear the news about a UN for religions of the world. Thanks for the compliment!!

Robert said...

Jerusalem could be so great if it was the centre of interfaith dialogue, and not a horrible, walled in war zone.

The LIP Magazine has just published my interview with the Dalai Lama, in which he discussed dialogue between faiths, and suggests that multiculturalism is about stressing similarities between religions.

"James" said...


Excellent interview. You are very gifted in the way that you weave words to present a beautiful and informative tapestry. I especially enjoyed the part where he said that if we believe the whole of humanity to be one body then violence is violence to ourselves.

Spot on.

I also like his comment that not everyone need adopt Buddhism. That religion is like medicine and people don't all need the same medicine. Well said indeed.

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